Newspaper circulation is falling from coast to coast. Are they about to go extinct? With Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota in intensive care, the control of the Senate hangs in the balance. Plus, who's up and who's down in the early 2008 presidential polls. Marc Cooper guest hosts.
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Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is in intensive care today after undergoing surgery last night for a brain hemorrhage. A statement from his office says he is recovering without complication, but he remains in critical-but-stable condition and there's no long term prognosis. Hanging in the balance in not only Johnson's life, but the fragile incoming Democratic majority in the US Senate. If Johnson remains incapacitated or dies, his replacement would be named by Governor Mike Rounds who would likely nominate a fellow Republican.
The reports coming in from American newsrooms are ominous: budget cuts, staff layoffs, rollbacks in reporting and falling circulation, with a slump that's hitting newspapers and newsmagazines alike. Meanwhile, more and more former readers are migrating to the web, clicking their news online, downloading podcasts and videos onto their iPods and personal cell phones. Anyway you look at it, there's a seismic shake-up in the world of print journalism. Is Google replacing Time magazine? Does the New York Times really have to compete with the Drudge Report? Are American newspapers doomed? Will they be replaced by online publications? Or is this much to do about nothing? Marc Cooper guest hosts.
John Harris, Politico (@HarrisPolitico)
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)
Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)
Philip Meyer, Professor of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll on the incipient 2008 presidential race, Democrats are leaning toward Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But she would get thumped if she ran against Republican Senator John McCain, and she's would barely edge out the lesser known Mitt Romney if he were to get the GOP nomination.
Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News